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Safeway Canada Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, lots of small pay raises (in 8 reviews)

  • If you're in dire straits, then you can work for minimum wage and not freeze to death while you wait for even McDonalds or Walmart to give you a call (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No real benefits for part-time workers (in 9 reviews)

  • No benefits for entry level workers (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (24)

    "customer service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX

    I worked at Safeway Canada (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different locations to work at college tution rembiursemebt for certain classes. Good co workers for the most part, Employee discount at times

    Cons

    There should be a lot more positive feedback instead of negative so much. Employee uniforms are pretty non flattering lot of micro managing

    Advice to Management

    Please consider not talking down to lower level employees and be more respectful of peoples feelings and circumstances. Treatment of employees need to be better


  2. "CASHIER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    GREAT BENEFITS..NOTHING ELSE TO SAY

    Cons

    LOUSY PEOPLE TO WORK WITH VERY EGOTISTICAL, not friendly, very indifferent, snobs, low life's...... management does not say one word to you after 6 months of being there....... when it changed from Albertsons to safeway it was awful. the computer system was not compatible with the software applications and visa versa, customers were complaining, after over 2.2 years of working there I quit...... could not take the incompentance of the management and computer programing, software etc..... very bad customer service after the new safeway registers were in effect............ people arguing and complaining constantly... after 11 years a guy who was working there said it was quitting time after the new registers were installed on self check out because he could not take people complaining each second... it was awful.... bad choice of replacing the registers, etc....... NEVER KNOW THE HOURS AND DAYS YOU WILL WORK CHANGES ALL THE TIME. CALL YOU ON YOUR DAYS OFF AND EXPECTS YOU TO WORK.

    Advice to Management

    SAY HELLO TO YOUR EMPLOYEES MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE A SEMI HUMAN BEING... UNREAL.......... THEY HIRE LOW LIFE'S NOT A GOOD PLACE TO GET A JOB...... GIVE THEM A ZERO OUT OF A FIVE....

  3. "not a great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Promotional Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Promotional Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn to deal with bad management

    Cons

    zero training on inner software systems, bad management


  4. "Night Stocker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting experince, no interaction with people

    Cons

    Work night shifts, bad sleeping cycles


  5. "I worked for them as a order selector in the warehouse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you are just talking to the talk man everyday throughout your shift,

    Cons

    management push workers to their limit
    management follow and spy on workers whether they are working or no
    talking is prohibited


  6. Helpful (2)

    "okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The flexible schedule is nice, especially if like me you are a student and need to be able to work the schedule around classes.

    Cons

    This place is okay to work for in the short term. i would not recommend making working here a permanent career choice as there is little to no room for advancement.


  7. "Wages good but not a healthy place to work.."

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    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wages very high after certain seniority..higher then most other retailers..
    After more then 10 years of work 21.00 an hour and more..
    Good Union Contract(until now)Benefits, stat pay , vacation pay etc. Raises.Job security (until recently))
    Very often good hearty down to Earth coworkers
    A lot of diverse customers from literally all walks of life and all nationalities.
    This job builds incredible people skills and significant mental versatility/toughness.

    Cons

    Many stores are chronically short stuffed and lots of pressure to please customers at all costs. Can be unhealthy unsafe workplace. Make you wait for your breaks..slavery and control games. Management overworked and disconnected from the cashiers..Can be harassing. Lots of unpleasant harassing customers,zero protection. Scheduling erratic and very poor work life balance.Stressful.
    Job security uncertain as of this year.Lots of stores either will be rebuilt or closed down.

    Advice to Management

    Start being more humane and nicer to your employees..Maybe then so many will not be quitting.

  8. "my first job; worked in bakery; ok overall"

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    Former Employee - Bakery Associate in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Bakery Associate in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time

    Pros

    forced to be part of union, which may have some benefits (wages are a couple cents higher than other stores)

    Cons

    unions dues are high, they take a lump sum even if you're not working that week


  9. "Deli"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unionized so regular increases in pay.

    Cons

    Unfair distribution of shifts based on favoratism when part time.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better training methos. 15 minutes to half an hour a week is not adequate.


  10. "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits ,

    Cons

    No consistency in hours . This is not ideal for a family especially if you are a female in the workforce with young kids at home . Maybe transferred to any store at anytime and travel time could be far. Example I had to drive almost two extra hours a day in and out of work for two years the company finally transferred me but now it was only a 10 minute savings I my travel.

    Advice to Management

    Locate female employees closer to home with young children.


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